Renewing certs that are not or no longer in use

  • Posted October 4, 2021
  • DNS

I received a notice from Let’s Encrypt about certificate expiration notices for domains that are not on live sites, just ones that I was using to learn. Should I just not worry about those? I only have one site currently that is live. They do not show up when I try to renew them on the droplet where they exist. For example, I have that goes to Success! the home virtual is working! – I assume it doesn’t really matter that I don’t have a cert on something like this.


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For Letsencrypt, you may do some house cleaning to remove un-needed domains

Run sudo certbot delete and follow the on-screen instructions.

That way, any subsequent sudo cerbot renew commands you run will only renew only-in-use domains

Hi @leorawe,

You are absolutely correct. There is no need to renew the certificates of websites that are no longer live.

Additionally, about the blog/website you posted, it’s perfectly fine to leave it like that and not have an SSL certificate installed on it.

Regards, KFSys